ISBN 9789782436573
Pages 132
Dimensions 198 mm x 129 mm
Published 2009
Publisher Manila Publishers Company, Nigeria
Format Paperback

Salutes without Guns

by Ikeogu Oke

Salutes without Guns was selected as one of the Books of the Year 2010 by the Times Literary Supplement and was long-listed for the 2010 Wole Soyinka Prize for Literature.

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"Here is a writer who finds the metaphor for what has happened and continues, evolves, not often the way we want, in our lives in Africa and the world. He does so timelessly and tellingly, as perhaps only a poet can."

Nadine Gordimer, Nobel Prize Winner

"Salutes without Guns announces the arrival of a major poet. Ikeogu Oke's poetry has impressive range and exudes gravitas. It's at once supple and stout, lyrical and solemn unflinching and yet leavened by a skilled poet's calming touch. In this splendid collection the poet is able to move fluidly from the mythic to the immediate. His stance - as in a memorable censure of V.S. Naipaul - can be unsparing, but he is also capable of tender-hearted celebration. Here's a vital poet whose cadenced accents speak powerfully, and with rare insight, about the major issues of our day... Read this collection and be enriched by the sheer plentitude and variety of the harvest. Here's a poet gifted with the talent to enchant - even when he casts a gruff eye."

Okey Ndibe, author of Arrows of Rain and a Professor of Literature at Trinity College, Hartford, Connecticut

"This is a wonderful collection. The poems have undergone clinical and meticulous finishing. The are aural, precise, vivid and rhythmic. One of the best collections in contemporary times!."

Uche Peter Umez, author of Dark Through the Delta and UNESCO Aschberg Laureate
About the Author

Ikeogu Oke

Ikeogu Oke won the 2017 Nigeria Prize for Literature with The Heresiad, is book of epic poetry. His poems and other writings have appeared in journals, anthologies and other publications worldwide. He has performed his poems at various fora in Nigeria, South Africa and the United States, including as a special performance poet guest of Brown University in 2014. He graduated with a BA in English and Literary Studies from the University of Calabar and an MA in Literature from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. In 2010, Nadine Gordimer, the winner of the 1991 Noble Prize in Literature, selected Salutes without Guns, his second collection of poems, as her Book of the Year for the Times Literary Supplement

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